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Even though your holiday parties are fun and enjoyable for you, they might not be for your teeth and gums. In fact, if you’re not careful, your smile could be susceptible to harm. To help you keep a top-notch oral health during your holiday parties, our Barry Family Dental dental team encourages you to do the following things:

Eat healthy holiday snacks: As you may already know, sugary and starchy snacks are harmful to your smile. This is why we encourage you to take care of your teeth and gums by eating tooth-healthy foods, like carrots, celery, and hard cheeses. For a different snack, you can also chew on some garnish.

Be smart with your beverage choice: There are many drinks that can threaten your oral health and even stain your smile. Those drinks are soda, black tea, coffee and red and white wine. So, it’s best to avoid drinking these beverages altogether. If you can’t, make sure to wash the liquid away with water. The best drinks to consume are water and green tea. Water can wash the foul-smelling and harmful bacteria away and green tea can suppress the growth of bacteria in your mouth.

Use quick party freshen-ups: Sometimes mouthwashes and breath fresheners can make matters worse, especially because of their high alcohol content. For an emergency freshen-up, try rinsing your mouth with a mixture of water and a few drops of peppermint oil. You can also chew a piece of sugarless gum or suck on a piece of sugarless candy. These things will help promote saliva flow and wash bacteria away.

Call our office today at 801-226-0441 if you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about how to have a healthy holiday smile in Orem, Utah. Your dentist, Dr. David Barry, and our dental team are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!